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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

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Fair Hair Care stamp targets ethical hair extensions

18-Aug-2017 - Hair extensions have often been in the spotlight over allegations of poor business practices, which is why the Fair Hair Care organisation is stepping in with the aim of setting...

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Free from claims part II: Removing mistruths

14-Aug-2017 - We continued our conversation with Belinda Carli, Director, Institute of Personal Care Science on how the cosmetics industry needs to change its narrative to stop communicating unnecessarily fearful messages....

Australia animal testing: At odds with EU ban

08-Aug-2017 - Following the new regulatory reform, non-profit organisations (NGOs) criticise and oppose Australia’s proposed animal testing cosmetics ban.

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Preserving control: how to keep on top of preservative regulations

03-Aug-2017 - As the authorities continue to take a tough line on the additives used in beauty products, the ripple effects can be felt right back through the emerging trends in formula...

European Ombudsman says ECHA and EC statement on animal testing can stand

01-Aug-2017 - Following a complaint by PETA at the wording of a joint statement from two European bodies on the topic of animal testing, the European Ombudsman has found there was no...

Microbeads: UK industry association responds to government’s conclusion on ban consultation

28-Jul-2017 - The UK government recently released the findings of its public consultation into a microbead ban in the region, and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has responded.

Brexit ‘could harm’ efforts towards animal testing alternatives

26-Jul-2017 - Concerns about Brexit’s potential impact onto the UK’s commitment to avoid animal testing have been raised by an animal rights group.

Germany reduces heavy metal limits in cosmetics

25-Jul-2017 - The German government has announced a reduction in the limits for ‘technically avoidable’ heavy metals in cosmetics and personal care products.

Microbeads: UK government consultation on ban concludes, responses revealed

25-Jul-2017 - The UK government has released a summary of responses to its recent consultation on its proposed microbead ban, and explained how it is responding to these.

RSPO European edition gives rise to new partnerships on palm oil

06-Jul-2017 - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) held its European Roundtable event recently in London, at which it disclosed key data on the strengthening profile of the RSPO project, and...

Coconut oil: P&G, Cargill and BASF join for sustainable certified, transparent supply chain

05-Jul-2017 - BASF, Cargill, Procter & Gamble (P&G) have entered a partnership by which they aim to help establish a sustainable certified and transparent supply chain of coconut oil in the Philippines...

Nars loses cruelty-free status?

03-Jul-2017 - As Nars moves into the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory, previously loyal supporters opt to boycott the famed brand.

What is COSMOS certification? Organics and naturals in UK market

30-Jun-2017 - Finished product brands and ingredients manufacturers alike across Europe now have the opportunity to get their products accredited with a region-wide certification.

Alternatives to animal testing widely used in Europe, but more work needed

29-Jun-2017 - Formulators are using alternatives to animal testing for at least one endpoint in 89% of substances analysed in Europe, says the European Chemicals Agency.

Cosmetics Europe Week proves knowledge sharing success

28-Jun-2017 - Cosmetics Europe Week held a successful edition for 2017 in Brussels, discussing global trends and latest industry developments.

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What’s new for cosmetic products in Switzerland?

27-Jun-2017 - Swiss regulations recently changed to be harmonized with European ones. In this guest article, COSMED analyzes the main changes to come.

Alternatives to animal testing for next generation ingredients

23-Jun-2017 - Ahead of a new Open Academy for the industry in Europe, we caught up with one of the speakers on alternative testing methods.

BASF steps up sustainable palm oil efforts

20-Jun-2017 - With 20 of its production sites worldwide now accredited in line with RSPO standards, BASF has announced ‘good progress’ has been made in its efforts to move away from palm...

Organic spotlight: Azelis earns new COSMOS certification for UK specialities business

16-Jun-2017 - Azelis, a leading specialty chemicals player, has announced it is expanding its organic specialities business, looking at ‘new markets and growth opportunities’.

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Collaborating for sustainable palm oil: Cargill gives perspective

13-Jun-2017 - Ahead of this week’s 2017 European edition of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, held in London, we caught up with Cargill, one major player in personal care set to...

Cosmetics Europe Week: advancing a regulatory vision for the industry

08-Jun-2017 - Cosmetics Week, an industry event organised by Cosmetics Europe, is offering ‘a unique event’ bringing together international cosmetics and personal care leaders to discuss global trends and latest industry development.

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What does France’s new adverse event reporting portal mean for cosmetics companies?

07-Jun-2017 - In this guest article, Caroline Carodoso of consultancy firm ProductLife Group considers how France’s new reporting for adverse events will impact on the industry.

Beauty industry stands up for Paris Climate Agreement, despite US plans to back out

06-Jun-2017 - Leading cosmetics and personal care companies, including L’Oréal, The Estée Lauder Companies, and Unilever, remain committed to the Paris Agreement. This despite a recent announcement that this country will be...

Avoid Black Henna campaign gathers momentum

30-May-2017 - Black henna temporary tattoos have become the focus of an increasing vocal public awareness campaign, with the material used in these tattoos not likely to be henna at all, but...

RSPO European Roundtable 2017 approaching

25-May-2017 - The 2017 European edition of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is due to take place in London, June 12 -13, looking to focus on how the body can make...

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